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Freshman Adam Davis went 2-for-4 and scored twice in Florida's nine run victory over Northwestern.

Sunday February 29, 2004Florida Baseball Pulls Away for 12-3 Win Over Northwestern

Gainesville, FL

Freshman Adam Davis went 2-for-4 and scored twice in Florida's nine run victory over Northwestern.

The University of Florida baseball team (10-3) scored in six of eight at bats and used a five-run seventh to pull away from Northwestern University (2-5-1) in a 12-3 victory Sunday afternoon. The two teams will play the finale of the series Monday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Florida will look for the sweep as the Gators won game one in dramatic fashion 5-3.

Florida ran their win streak to six games and improved to 9-1 at home in the victory. Connor Falkenbach (3-0) earned the win in relief on the mound. The junior pitched five strong innings while only giving up one earned run, striking out three without a walk. Freshman Steven Porter started the game but left after four innings. Porter gave up two earned runs on four hits as he earned the no decision in his third career start. In the first two games against Northwestern, UF has only used three pitchers.

Senior Ben Harrison reached base in each of his four plate appearances and scored three times. Harrison finished the game 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored.

Leading 5-3 entering the seventh the Gators broke the game wipe open with the five run seventh. The Gators would only have two base hits in the frame but took advantage of their opportunities.

Florida batted around in the inning as they took advantage of some Northwestern mishaps. Adam Davis started the inning with a single, his second hit of the contest. He would eventually come all the way to score on two separate wild pitches. Two runners were later aboard for Stephen Barton who hit a RBI sacrifice fly. The last three runs scored on a two RBI single to center by Brian Leclerc and a passed ball that allowed yesterdays hero Brian Jeroloman to touch home plate.

The Gators never trailed in the game unlike game one when they were behind the entire game until a walk off grand slam in the ninth by Jeroloman.

Florida scored first when C.J. Smith hit a sacrifice fly to right-center, scoring Davis and Harrison. The two Northwestern outfielders collided after making the catch and Harrison, who reached second with an infield hit, took advantage of the play and tagged up and scored from second.

Northwestern reduced the Gator lead to two in the fourth inning when senior Dan Pohlman tripled to left. Pohlman came home when the Anthony Wycklendt hit an RBI groundout to the right side of the infield.

Florida responded with their own run in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Corsaletti reached on a throwing error and stole second and third base. He later came home courtesy of an infield single by Jeroloman.

The Gators added two runs the next inning with a pair of doubles by Harrison and Jon Skorupski. Corsaletti drove in Skorupski with a single through the left side for his fifth RBI in the last two games.

The Wildcats continued to crawl back in the game scoring a single run in both the fifth and sixth. Matt Brimmer scored for the Wildcats in the fifth after pinch running for Geoff Dietz who walked to lead off the inning. Brimmer came home on an RBI groundout by Doug Beatty. In the sixth Pohlman doubled down the leftfield line and was driven home by Josh Lieberman to put the game at 6-3.

After the five run seventh Florida tacked on their final run in the eight when Gavin Dickey came on to pinch hit. After seeing two curve balls called for strikes and a fastball out of the zone, Dickey took a 1-2 pitch and hit into the left field bleachers.

Northwestern used five pitchers in the game with starter Dan Brauer taking the loss. Brauer went 4 1/3 innings and gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) with two walks. Florida would only have three base hits off of the Wildcat relievers but benefited from four walks and three wild pitches.

 

 

NOTES

  • Daniel Brooks made his first career start in left field for the Gators and went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
  • Porter picked off his third baserunner of the season, the Gators have eight pickoffs on the season.
  • Florida scored 10 or more runs for the fourth time this season.
  • Floridas five-run seventh inning was also the fourth time this season the Gators scored five runs in an inning.
  • Florida head coach Pat McMahon used 15 different position players.
  • Nine different Gators scored runs.
  • The attendance at McKethan Stadium went over 2,000 for the fifth time this season in 10 home games.
  • Florida pitchers have only given up 13 hits in the first two games of the series.

 

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